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First aid taught in schools

First aid taught in schools

More resources, more guidance, more hands-on support to make first aid teaching accessible.

  • • In 2015, more than 140,000 young people received first aid training at school, delivered by our expert trainers.
  • • We consult with teachers and provide them with the tools they need to encourage their students to learn first aid, including making a range of free educational materials available for use in the classroom.
  • • In the last 12 months, 32,000 of these resources were downloaded by teachers and based on an average class size of 24* it is likely that there have been over 750,000 interactions using these resources. 
  • • Using funding received from the Department for Education, our school trainers have trained over 13,000 young people and generous support from Babcock International has enabled us to train 8,500 school children in the south west and south east.
  • First aid in schoolsWe have also engaged with and supported many community-based local initiatives including Restart a Heart Day, which was established to teach members of the public how to help save the life of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.
  • • And in the capital, our Saving Londoners’ Lives programme has equipped teachers in London to deliver first aid training to a further 15,000 school children.
  • • The Big First Aid Lesson continued to expand its reach in 2015. Our free annual one-hour first aid session was streamed live into classrooms across the country and was watched by over 190,000 students. 
  • • We also introduced new free online lessons for each term of the school year, designed to teach different first aid topics in 10-minute videos based on real life scenarios. The autumn term lessons were seen by over 10,000 students in 2015.
  • • We want every child to have access to first aid training and so in 2015 we joined forces with the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross and other partners to develop the Every Child a Lifesaver campaign, in support of Teresa Pearce MP’s Emergency First Aid Education Bill. The campaign represented our shared vision for first aid education to be offered in every state-funded secondary school.

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